Reservoir Operation and Water–Energy Nexus System Management

A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441). This special issue belongs to the section "Water-Energy Nexus".

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State Key Laboratory of Hydroscience & Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
Interests: management, regulation, and optimized scheduling of watershed water resources; water networking and smart water conservancy; monitoring, regulation, and exploitation of air-land water resources; coupled simulation and regulation of surface water and groundwater

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State Key Laboratory of Hydraulic Engineering Simulation and Safety, Tianjin University, Tianjin, China
Interests: optimal operation of multi-energy complementary system; theory and methodology of comprehensive regulation and control of hydraulic engineering, including cascade reservoirs (hydropower stations), long distance water transfer

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State Key Laboratory of Eco-Hydraulics in Northwest Arid Region of China, Xi’an University of Technology, Xi’an 710048, China
Interests: multi-objective operation of multi-reservoirs; optimal allocation of water resources; river eco-hydrological simulation and regulation; urban waterlogging simulation and sponge regulation

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China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research, Beijing, China
Interests: multi-objective operation of multi-reservoirs; water resources planning and management; water-energy-food-ecosystem nexus; hydro-solar-wind-storage multi-energy complementary operation

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College of Hydrology and Water Resources, Hohai University, Nanjing 210098, China
Interests: reservoir operation; hydrological forecasting; water resources management; artificial intelligence; engineering optimization
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Dear Colleagues,

It is widely recognized that water and energy are fundamental resources in sustaining human life and are critical for social progress. The ultimate objective of a water–energy coupling system is to satisfy human and socio-economic demands and to ensure water–energy security via effective reservoir operations and scientific water–energy management. However, global climate change and human activities have sharply changed the hydrological process and distribution of water resources, thereby making it difficult for traditional methods to address complex water-related problems. Thus, water resource management has emerged as a pivotal focal point requiring constant attention throughout the world. In other words, it is necessary to develop effective methods and technologies for improving the utilization efficiency of the water–energy nexus system under changing environments.

In this context, researchers can submit their valuable research to this Special Issue entitled, “Reservoir Operation and Water–Energy Nexus System Management”. Original field and experimental research papers, review papers, and case studies are invited for submission in the context of reservoir operations, water–energy nexus management, and other related problems. Some related topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Nonstationary hydrological process analysis;
  • Machine learning for hydro–solar–wind forecasting;
  • Multi-objective multi-reservoir operation optimization methods;
  • Water resource management and efficient utilization;
  • Reservoir operations for flood control and drought relief;
  • Ecological and environmentally friendly reservoir operations;
  • Reservoir operations for a harmonious water–sediment relationship;
  • Water–energy–food–ecosystem nexus under the changing environment;
  • Complementary operation of hydropower and renewable energies;
  • Emerging research related to water resource management.

Prof. Dr. Jiahua Wei
Prof. Dr. Chao Ma
Prof. Dr. Tao Bai
Prof. Dr. Xiang Li
Prof. Dr. Zhongkai Feng
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  • reservoir operation
  • water resource management
  • water–energy–food–ecosystem nexus
  • hydro–solar–wind–storage multi-energy complementary operation
  • adaptive regulation

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Numerical Modeling of the Dispersion Characteristics of Pollutants in the Confluence Area of an Asymmetrical River
by Xu Wang, Jiening Yang, Fan Wang, Na Xu, Peixuan Li and Ai Wang
Water 2023, 15(21), 3766; - 27 Oct 2023
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It is challenging to investigate the transport and dispersion of contaminants in river confluence areas due to the complex flow dynamics. In recent studies on the flow dynamics in river confluence areas, it has been revealed that changes in inflow conditions (discharge ratio, [...] Read more.
It is challenging to investigate the transport and dispersion of contaminants in river confluence areas due to the complex flow dynamics. In recent studies on the flow dynamics in river confluence areas, it has been revealed that changes in inflow conditions (discharge ratio, width-depth ratio and concentration difference) can greatly influence pollutant diffusion. In this study, an asymmetric confluence-type river is modeled by a three-dimensional hydrodynamic water quality model, and three hydrodynamic scenarios are numerically simulated. The results show that a higher discharge ratio and width-depth ratio led to an increase in the lateral diffusion area of pollutants, deviation in the trajectory line of the mixing interface towards the opposite bank of the interchange, and an increase in the mixing rate of pollutants. For R = 0.267 and b/h = 3.75, the pollutants at the bottom are completely mixed in the exit end section. However, the difference in the pollutant concentration slightly affects the area, length and shape of the pollutant dispersion zone and notably affects only the concentration in each section. Full article
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